Friday, March 9, 2012

Signs of the times

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. ~ Irene Peter
Every 60 seconds, two million videos are viewed on YouTube, 700,000 messages are delivered by way of Facebook, and 175,000 tweets are sent on Twitter.

• In a move sure to rankle, 160 German tax collectors have volunteered for duty in Greece to help the struggling Mediterranean country get people to pay up.

• Harvard University engineers have developed the Robobee, a mechanical bee that they hope will do everything from pollinating a field of crops to searching for survivors after a natural disaster.

• Reacting to plunging tax revenues, mounting debt, and skyrocketing costs, the city of Sarasota, Florida, is considering eliminating its police force, and even doing away with the city itself.

• China's one-child-per-family policy, instituted in 1979 to alleviate poverty, is now affecting the supply of young people to staff the country's factories, and may restrict economic growth.

• TopCom is a private social network for world leaders. It is a kind of combination Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, texting service, and Skype for the top 200 World Economic Forum members, the people who run the world.
Looking for change? Check the sofa.

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